Exhibition and Project Records
This accession consists of records that document the Project Management Office's work in managing exhibitions and projects at the National Museum of American History. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, grant proposals, scripts, schedules, budget records, visitor surveys, reports, floor plans, drawings, clippings, and other related records.
MS 7162 Book of Chinese watercolor paintings illustrating modes of punishment
1 Folder (2 sets of 16 pages of notes)
A cloth-bound album containing twelve (12) watercolor paintings on pith paper. The paintings depict various modes of corporal punishment. The Chinese title, Xing ren zhuang ren, or "Punishment with Strong Sword Blades" is apparently figurative, for the twelve drawings in this collection depict punishments other than those by the sword. Included …
Nell Blaine papers
The papers of painter Nell Blaine measure 2.9 linear feet and date from 1942 to 1985. Found are biographical material, scattered artwork, correspondence, writings, business records, printed material, and photographs. Also included are papers relating to the estate of Blaine's friend, Howard Griffin.
This accession consists of background and working files regarding design and maintenance of exhibit halls in the National Museum of Natural History. The records contain correspondence, reports, publications, photographs, slides, plans, and other materials relating to permanent and temporary exhibits. These records were maintained by Carl A. Alexander who retired …
This accession consists of project files for various renovation and construction projects within Smithsonian Institution buildings. Box 20 contains microfilms and microfiches of documents, and of 1165 blueprints and architectural drawings. Buildings and museums documented in this collection include: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution Building, Museum Support Center, Arthur M …
This accession consists of records that document the organization, design, and promotion of exhibits. Major traveling exhibitions represented include Fred E. Miller: Photographer of the Crows, Kids Bridge, Millennium Messages, An Ocean Apart: Contemporary Vietnamese Art from the United States and Vietnam, and VanDerZee Photographer (1886-1983). The last box contains records …
Coxe Brothers Collection
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of History of Technology
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Work and Industry
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Extractive Industries
Collection documents the Coxe Brothers and Company Inc., an anthracite coal producer in Pennsylvania.
Special Exhibition Records
This accession consists of materials documenting the research and production of the exhibition "Magnificent Voyagers, United States Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842," curated by Herman J. Viola. Materials include research materials, funding proposals, contact sheets, speech notes, loan records, evaluations, committee materials, drafts of some chapters, and some oversize graphics.
Myron Bement Smith Collection
The Myron Bement Smith collection consists of two parts, the papers of Myron Bement Smith and his wife Katharine and the Islamic Archives. It contains substantial material about his field research in Italy in the 1920s and his years working on Islamic architecture in Iran in the 1930s. Letters describe the milieu in which he operated in Rochester NY and New York City in the 1920s and early 1930s; the Smiths' life in Iran from 1933 to 1937; and the extensive network of academic and social contacts that Myron and Katharine developed and maintained over his lifetime. The Islamic Archives was a project to which Smith devoted most of his professional life. It includes both original materials, such as his photographs and notes, and items acquired by him from other scholars or experts on Islamic art and architecture. Smith intended the Archives to serve as a resource for scholars interested in the architecture and art of the entire Islamic world although he also included some materials about non-Islamic architecture.
National Academy of Design records
The records of New York City's National Academy of Design measure 92.7 linear feet and date from 1817-2012. The records pertain to all three constituents of the tripartite organization consisting of the Academy, a membership body of artists founded in 1825; the school, founded at the same time to promote arts education; and the exhibition program, inaugurated in 1826. Extensive administrative records include minutes, committee files, director files, annual reports, constitutions, and correspondence and subject files of council officers. Exhibition records, also substantive, date to the Academy's first annual exhibition and include gallery and special exhibitions, as well as exhibitions at the Academy's museum, established in 1979. The collection also includes gifts and funding files, especially relating to endowments and prizes; membership records; National Academy Association records; Ranger Fund assignments; extensive files pertaining to the school's administration, courses of instruction, registrations, and attendance; twenty scrapbooks containing clippings and ephemera; Society of American Artists records; correspondence and ephemera from other organizations; transcripts from oral histories with Academy members; extensive photographic material documenting artists, members, the school, exhibitions, buildings, and artwork created by Academy members; artist files containing correspondence, writings, and sketches from those associated with the Academy; and assorted printed material and ephemera.